For the last three years, I have worked at my local pub as a waitress. When I first started there, I was extremely anxious about everything; worrying that I would get everything wrong, that I wouldn’t be able to talk to customers and especially that my co-workers didn’t like me. I started off doing Saturday night and a Sunday lunch shifts, which were both quite busy and in the summers I was doing around 6 shifts a week.
I had been very lucky to get a job there as it had just opened under new management and they were hiring lots of staff, so I got offered to start work on the day that I took my CV in. Compared to other jobs that I had gone for, this was very easy and hassle free to get!
Now, almost three years later I am still working here when I come back from university. It has been a bit odd coming back for a month at a time after so many months away, but I’m very happy my manager has let me come back and get some money in my pocket to fuel my new life away at uni.
While I have always been working in the kitchen, taking orders and serving food, I’ve recently started to work behind the bar a bit more which I’m enjoying. When I was working there before uni, I always felt anxious when anyone came to the bar if it was just me there, I was forever panicking that they would want something that I had no idea how to do! But now I feel a lot more comfortable doing it, which is great.
Overall, I do really think that working in a pub has been a great opportunity for me because it has helped me to develop my communication skills and confidence! Don’t get me wrong sometimes I really don’t want to go and don’t really feel like talking to anyone, but it has done me a lot of good!
Anyway, I would definitely recommend working in a local, small business to anyone who feels a bit overwhelmed by getting a job in hospitality!